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So I recently acquired this little Ediacaran fossil. The round convex blobs have been identified as Beltanelliformis/Nemiana, but I'm not so sure about the flat one in image 3. Is this just a flattened specimen of the same genus? Or is this something else (e.g. a holdfast? muscular structures?)? The small bump/dimple in the center, along with the circular(ish) rings are of interest. Location: Podolia, Ukraine
Hello together, I just got a fossil that I am not sure what to make of. The species ID I got is Nemiana/Beltanelliformis, which I have no reason to doubt so far. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beltanelliformis What has me wondering is the preservation. Most pieces the seller had to offer seem to be imprints or remnants of sediment glued together by biofilms as one would expect for the species, like in the third pic. Containing mica interestingly. The piece in question appears covered in a shiny black layer that reminds me very much of what I once found in a glass bottle of c
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Quotation Wikipedia: "Nemiana simplex has given taxonomists great trouble due to its simple nature. When the species was first discovered it was placed in incertae sedis, however since then, a combination of well-preserved specimens and new techniques that have allowed scientists to examine the creature's body structure, have given the creature anatomical links to jellyfish and was subsequently placed in with the other extinct coelenterates." Nemania simplex is one of the most commonly found Ediacaran organisms. Lit.: Palij, V. M., 1976. Remains of soft-bodied and trace f